Bruce P. Mehlman
The Internet Innovation Alliance is a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aim to ensure every American, regardless of race, income or geography, has access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet. The IIA seeks to promote public policies that support equal opportunity for universal broadband availability and adoption so that everyone, everywhere can seize the benefits of the Internet - from education to health care, employment to community building, civic engagement and beyond.
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Price Affects Adoption Rates
One very recent study found that 36 percent of those without broadband cite price as the main reason.
Price Determines Who Subscribes To Broadband
Price is the largest factor determining whether a household subscribes to broadband service.
Net Neutrality Could Cost Consumers Up to $55 More Per Month
Net neutrality could impose anywhere from $10 to as much as $55 each month on top of an average broadband access charge of $30. To the extent that consumers are unwilling or unable to pay it, net neutrality could have the effect of discouraging consumers to connect to the internet.
Americans pay an average of $41 a month for broadband
According to an FCC report, Americans pay an average of $41 a month for broadband.
Asked whether all Internet content should be free, 42% of European respondents to a GFK poll said “yes,” compared with 21% in the U.S. Also, more Americans (57%) than Europeans (40%) said Internet content should be free with the understanding that advertisements and other marketing tools might be included.
The average consumer is paying more for broadband in August 2009—an average $39 a month—up from $34.50 in May 2008.
$1.2 billion will be given out for broadband infrastructure by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will be distributing $2.35 billion in its Broadband Initiatives Program.
In 2005, a 10 percent rise in the overall price of broadband would have led to a 15.3 percent decline in the quantity demanded, but by 2008, a 10 percent rise in the price of broadband would lead to only a 6.9 percent decrease in the quantity of broadband demanded.
Consumers receive benefits from broadband valued at $32 billion annually.
Per-minute mobile wireless prices, lower than in any other major country, have dropped 89% since 1994.